Think You Know Burgers? Take This Quiz to Find Out

August 19, 2015

Put your burger knowledge to the test with this quick quiz.

1. You're at the grocery store or butcher. What do you buy if you want a perfectly juicy burger? 

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          A. A 50/50 blend.
          B. A 75/25 blend.
          C. A 95/5 blend.
          D. No blend—100%, baby.
          (E. What on Earth is a blend???) 

2. What do true burger lovers put on their burgers?

          A. Nada, it's all about the blend.
          B. A touch of teriyaki sauce for umami.
          C. Cheddar cheese and a fresh slice of tomato. (Lettuce for bonus points.)
          D. Doesn't matter/ anything you want!

3. The burgers are taking forever to grill, but you want the tastiest burger possible. Do you:

          A. Press them down into the grill to help them cook faster.
          B. Flip them over more frequently.
          C. Let them take their time.
          D. Put more salt on each side, because why not?

4. One of these blends is not like the other:

          A. Chuck
          B. Rib
          C. Brisket
          D. Flank

5. You want the best burger ever. Which classification of meat do you buy?

          A. Prime
          B. Select
          C. Choice
          D. Certified

6. Before grilling, it's important to do the following:

          A. Gently massage the meat.
          B. Keep your patties cold.
          C. Preheat the grill for at least two hours.
          D. All of the above.

7. For a burger with maximum flavor, cook it to:

          A. Medium-rare.
          B. Medium-well.
          C. Well done.
          D. Doesn't matter.

8. For maximum freshness, it's best to eat burgers:

          A. Within 1 week of being ground.
          B. The same day the meat is ground.
          C. Within 3 days of the "sell-by" date.
          D. Freshness is not a factor of burger taste.

9. Which of the following is the leanest beef or burger?

          A. Prime beef.
          B. Grass-fed beef.
          C. Grain-fed beef.
          D. A blend with short-rib.

10. Do you want a burger right now? 

          A. Meh, I could go for one.
          B. Yes, all the burgers all the time.
          C. I'm literally eating one right now.
          D. B & C.

Tally up your answers: 1.) B.; 2.) D. (but we'll accept A. if you insist) ; 3.) C.; 4.) D.; 5.) A.; 6.) B.; 7.) A.; 8.) B.; 9.) B.; 10.) D.

If you got 7 to 10 correct: Congratulations, you're a Certified Burger Pro! (Can we come over for dinner next time you're grilling?)
If you got 4 to 6 correct: Not bad! But if you want to brush up on your burger knowledge, here's a good place to start.
If you got 3 or fewer correct: Okay, so either you're vegan... or you still have the rest of summer to learn about burgers—and there's no time like the present. Head over to this post to learn how to become a burger expert in 10 steps.

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rightwingrick August 22, 2015
I don't understand the question or answer on #4 ("One of these blends is not like the other") . Could you clarify? And I got 8 of 10, so maybe there are others out there like me??????
Doug R. August 21, 2015
So...here's the conundrum. I got 9 out of 10 (I missed the last question - I answered "B"). But I can't make a burger turn out on the grill to save my life.
Leslie S. August 21, 2015
Hopefully this helps! I actually just made my first burger at home after writing the accompanying article (https://food52.com/blog/13781-10-steps-to-becoming-a-burger-expert) and it was delicious—the trick I think is to make sure not to overcook it and aside from that it was easy!
Ben August 20, 2015
#3 us definitely B. Multiple flipping leads to even distribution of cooking, and actually cooks it faster. See Harold McGee article (http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/08/harold-mcgee-on-flipping-steaks-resting-meat-and-char-from-electric-grills/?_r=0) on New York Times. Also Serious Eats and others have found similar results.
Leslie S. August 20, 2015
It does lead to faster cooking, but Jamie, the expert quoted on the attached article, argues that no matter what, you should only flip once—but thank you for sharing this piece, it's an interesting article!
Ben August 20, 2015
I thought the point of the question was asking how to cook it faster. I now see that I was completely wrong. . . the goal should always be the tastiest option.
The J. August 19, 2015
Should 9 be B? Grain fed would be pretty fat and lazy. Grass fed should be lean.
Leslie S. August 19, 2015
Yep, 9 is B! Grass fed beef is often gamier, leaner, and slightly healthier than grain-fed beef—but that isn't always necessarily a good thing since fat lends to flavor in burgers!
Clayton August 19, 2015
So your first question doesn't correctly correspond to your own advice! It should be C!
Leslie S. August 19, 2015
The wording of the question was a little tricky. I've reworded it though to clarify—thanks for catching that!
Clayton August 20, 2015
Good stuff! Fun quiz, regardless- thanks Leslie